Archive for June, 2010
Sometimes you wake up to hear “this could be the hottest day of the year”. In some situations you might reckon..fantastic. Perhaps if all you’ve got planned is a session by the pool or book under a tree in the park its some of the best news you’ve heard in a long time. But if you plan is get dressed up in a multi-layered dress or a tie and waist coat or if you’re the chump following the previous you might have second thoughts. So is the summer of 2010. Already better than the last 4 summers combined it shaping up to be something to be remembered (provided I haven’t just jinxed it). However I was wondering if it would be possible to arrange for say 2 hours of cloudy overcast skies between the hours of 1:30 and 3:30 every Saturday. Let’s push the boat out…let’s go for 12:30 to 4:30. Then it all goes away and we can all shine in the warm glow of the fading summer sun. No? OK, it was worth a shot.
Hot sun and a Yule Brenner hair cut aren’t the best of friends but with liberal sunscreen I can just about make it…and make it I did to Andrea and Matt’s Sensational Summer wedding at St Andrew’s Church in Farnham followed by a most lovely reception in the Walled Gardens at Cowdray in Midhurst. Two towns, two counties, too lovely. Andrea and Matt first met at Art College. Having ‘arty’ clients is always fun. You know things are going to be ‘just so’. Generally they are quite laid back about things and they didn’t let me down. Thanks to Andrea and Matt as well their friends and family AND the chap who kissed me for making us feel so welcome. As they say at the end of children’s programme….a good time was had by all!
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Its not about the shot…its about the content. Look around and you’ll get it.
Hmm…well….it’ll have to do :)
Its like an episode of SATC
In all my years of wedding photography-dom, I’ve never taken this shot. Go figure
ABC might call it ‘The Look of Love’. I call it 39C under that dress and boy she knows it.
It seemed an odd time to celebrate Ronan Keating’s entire back catalogue
Never trust a man in a purple tie — I’m just sayin’
Go on…you TELL me which aperture (they, and only they, will get it)
Judging by Matt’s position I reckon his next words were ’5-6-7-8′
Some might call it a marquee…others a tent…I just call it wicked
Today I’m not going for shots of the main players during the speeches…today its about the toasts
That’s NOT my beer and whilst I appreciate a man with a similar hair cut to mine I’m afraid a sneaky kiss on the cheek was as far as I was prepared to go!
That’s two classic faces from the same person…she’ll love me for it…really!
And Now a Few From Darren
I love this…because these guys aren’t just a guitar duo hired to entertain…they are friends of Andrea and Matt. Great shot Darren.
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Bless her cotton socks…Emma is no doubt the most patient of Brides. She’s had to wait one of the longest to get a few pictures on the blog. I started last Monday with 4 weddings on deck. I had to blog, work, tend to children, cry-scream-shout profanities at England on TV…a busy week. So its only today that I can release Emma and Gavin’s Tithe Barn Hampshire wedding photo blog. They’re sunning it up somewhere with, and she wasn’t shy about sharing this, two spa treatments a day. Its the USP of the honeymoon location. Gavin, well he gets scuba diving lessons and hopefully a calm, relaxed Bride with a soft spot for the World Cup.
DO take a picture
You are HERE!
Its OK…sometimes I look in the mirror and give myself a wink as well. Sometimes I even purr and growl as well.
Thinly veiled as art
Love in an elevator
I don’t reckon they really believed me that this was a good location for a group shot…wonder if they still doubt it?
Shortly before being sardined (IOW, the roof could only go on AFTER Emma go in)
Objects in mirror are far more interesting than they appear
Mommas and Poppas
Gavin, not quite understanding the concept of hide and seek, turns around well before reaching 20
This is Emma’s ‘this is really going to happen’ face
I prefer shoes with arch support
A new registrar for me…and she didn’t mind me getting more than one angle. Nice.
Only two things come from Oklahoma boy…
Summer of Love
Following the yellow brick road
Emma’s delivery into the penalty box was soon met with a crushing header (shortly followed by a DISALLOWED goal)
Exits are this way, that way and this way
A rather bad Dr Evil impersonation
Trying to master the Darren
Lady Phwoah Phwoah
Sometimes you find yourself in what seems to be the ‘second’ position. With Darren already poised at position A, I boogie up the stairs and take up a station just down from him…then I discover that perhaps I always had Position A! More late on Monday afternoon.
Kew Gardens…not to be mistaken queue gardens or even cue gardens. As you can see its all about learning to read around our house at the moment. Thah-oww Toe…no buddy its ‘to’. Should I be heartened when he says “but Daddy, there’s not two ‘o’s after the t” — thing is, he’s got a point.
But this has nothing to do with Renuka and Chris. At least not that I’m aware of. It was my first time in Kew Gardens. Both as a photographer and as a person. Seeing just the edge of it convinces me I need to make the effort and get there as a day out. The wedding took place at Cambridge Cottage which is just on the edge of the garden boundary. A nifty little location sandwiched between the ends of the M3 and M4. I like locations with travel options. Renuka was…well, words cannot describe that dress. OK…cappuccino describes it, at least the colour, but you need to see it. In fact its only just below. So much texture. Should I be so excited? Chris on the other hand. We can simply refer to him as Darren’s long lost brother. In fact, more than one guest accused Darren and Chris of being related. Fair do.
It was an all in one location, with the ceremony and reception all taking place at Cambridge Cottage. We did have a hiatus in the Prince of Wales Conservatory for some additional drinks and a cake cutting in a most spectacular location before returning back to the cottage for grooving. All in all a swell couple who were happy to have us there. We were happy to be there too!
Wow … what a dress! In case you too are quizzed on the colour…the answer is Cappuccino
Well placed for a late night snack!
Meet Rahul…Renuka’s rather dashing brother
Don’t take it personally that the first image of the bride includes only half a face… :)
From the Salty Dog’s book of nautical knots
FOB – a measured and thoughtful man
Here’s comes the Bride…literally
More precision than a Rooney strike…and seeming more successful too
Right place…right time
It’s a family tradition..apparently
Tunnel of love
I love how Chris leans around his step-Dad to see Renuka. I don’t mind getting blocked for that!
I might be wearing tights and a cape…but I ain’t flyin’
Help is out there for folks with drinking problems
Shake it for a polaroid picture
I love this guy…he always had a smile on
As they say in SW19…surely you can’t be serious!
Do not adjust your sets
Rahul wanted to know more about OCF…now he does
Flight 815, now departing for the Swan
He’s a married man you know
And now a few from Monsieur Darren
Bullet points — not a bad way to go
Coach and horses or The Bates Motel
Shalom! That’s about the extend of my Hebrew. Luckily for me most folks in Israel speak English. Strangely a lot of them speak American English as well. So I fit right in. Yes, this is Emma and Effi’s Tel Aviv wedding. I had never shot a ‘destination’ wedding before. I suppose I’ve been to Scotland and Wales but as neither require a passport I didn’t really see it as international. Leave it to me to not go in with a half hearted effort instead traveling 5 hours by plane to the Middle East for my first attempt. What an attempt it was as well. If only someone could have sneaked a few shots of me unaware. There were times when my mouth was just wide open in amazement. Things like overlooking the skyline of Tel Aviv and the Mediterranean sea. Wandering through Old Jaffa – a most amazing and historical religious and cultural location. Working along side two other photographers plus two videographers. Watching the videographer physically move the Rabbi and the Rabbi just went with it (if only my Vicar this coming Saturday could have seen that). The whole experience…the light, the heat, the Israeli way of doing things. All of it was just amazing.
If nothing else I now have a new catch phrase…a mantra if you will. Later in the evening I was speaking to the videographer who moved the Rabbi. I teased them about how in England they would have been removed from the premises (at least at a CofE wedding). He said ‘in Israel we have saying…if the Rabbi is in the way, its time to move the Rabbi’. Magic. Can’t wait to use that one.
For my part it all just went too quickly. In a flash it was over. I met some great people and have been swapping emails with Ronen from TLV. I need to extend a warm thank you to Emma and Effi for having me along to a most amazing experience. Perhaps I should extend a special thanks to Effi…who was, at first, dubious but soon realised I wanted only the best for him. Now we’re like long lost brothers :) Everyone made me feel so welcome!
I would buy light like this if I could!
I was bricking it for this. If those shoes fell they would not have been retrievable! I was shaking by the end of it!
Me to the left of me, sea to the right, here I am stuck on the balcony with you
Shortly after mum showed me the lemon pucker! Take that as you will!
Had to work that in…surely
It became clear that this would be no ordinary wedding for me
Ronen.. (one of) my Israeli counterparts..and fabulous photographer
Old Jaffa and the Mediterranean Sea — with a little help from Asif who is holding a reflector!
Here you might feel lucky to get a seat outside…but not if you don’t like it at 34C
I know you’ve seen it before…but I still love it
Grandad (in Effi’s words) fought cancer to be there — magic!
This is NO great shot…but it was just to give you a context
Groom-Rabbi Quality Time
This takes walking down the aisle to a whole new level
The best ring shot I’ve ever got…but with 5 ‘media’ people someone was bound to be in the way — I suppose on the flip side I’m on the other side of his lens as well
Time to shoot the Rabbi
Effi prepares to smash a hot dog from Yankee stadium…oh wait…no…its a glass
Through all the commotion, hugs and celebrations, one thing stays constant
Even the (moved) Rabbi is loving it
Time for a little walking tour of Jaffa…sadly with the ceremony starting late we had to do this ASAP
By the end of it I was playing the “I know you from the EasyJet flight” game!
Shay givin’ a speech (daft football double entendre)
Look hard…its (or rather he) is there
Hey look…its my favourite videographer..AGAIN!
Four weddings over eight days….no funeral thankfully. Toss in international travel, 9 different locations, 2 countries and a budget airline and you’ve got my week in one. Contrast Tuesday’s 36degrees with Saturday’s 14. Its a pirates life for me.
That being said, let’s cast the net back to Saturday the 12th of June. A time before the painful reality that our footie team simply blows. Before a dribbled ball defined the state of a nations footballing prowess and a manager who took a team with the highest scoring recording in all of Europe winning 9 of 11 qualifying games was reviled. Actually the folks I feel most for are Kelley and Ben who embraced the USA v England game, providing a big screen in the expectation that a solid England win would help propel an evening of jolly. I’m sure the jolly was still there (I wasn’t) but I imagine that the bar probably was required to spur it along.
To Kelley and Ben…thanks for having us there. For making us feel welcome and allowing us to do the things we know to do. Apologies for the delay in getting the blog up and going but take heart in the fact you were the first ‘Just One Too’.
Cheeky chappy – Kelley and Ben’s oldest
Mind yer ed
What a pane (geddit)
How much does Ben look like Heath Ledger in this photo? — The first of our Dopplegangers
Well there you go. One of only a handful of images allowed in the church. I think every CoE vicar should see a Jewish wedding in Israel. I watched the video man physically move the Rabbi and the Rabbi just accepted it. Move on Vicars!
Our second doppleganger — Jack Dee!
My Just One (well, one of two)
Bye bye Ms American Pie, Green dropped the ball and he was left out to dry
Hook House Hotel in all is English summer glory
There is but ONE thing that could make this image better!
She said “I’ll do anything…just don’t ask me to smoulder” – Damn!
Here is half of Ben…luckily Kelley completes him (groan!)
Got road, will shoot
6-Nill…I’m telling ya!
And a Few From Darren
Not Royal Ascot
Great shot Darren…just flipping fabulous!
Raise your hand if you’re NOT wearing pants
Smashing stuff Darren! Really!!!